Vicentius (Prodanov) of Serbia

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His Holiness '''Vicentius (Prodanov)''', (in Serbian: '''Викентије (Проданов)''' - '''Vikentije (Prodanov)'''), was Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac and Patriarch of Serbia of the [[Church of Serbia|Serbian Orthodox Church]] from 1950 to 1958.  
His Holiness '''Vikentije (Prodanov)''' (also ''Vicentius''; in Serbian: '''Викентије (Проданов)''', Милошћу Божијом православни Архиепископ пећки, Митрополит Београдско-Карловачки и патријарх српски) was [[Patriarch]] of the [[Church of Serbia|Serbian Orthodox Church]] from 1950 to 1958.
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== Early life ==
 
== Early life ==
He was born as Vitomir (Bитомир) into the family Đorđe (Ђорђе) and Jelka (Јелка), [[August 24]], 1890, in Bačko Petrovo Selo. He finished primary school in his birthplace in 1901. He graduated from Grand Serbian Orthodox Gymnasium in Novi Sad in 1909. Vitomir continued his education in the Serbian Orthodox Theology School in Sremski Karlovci, graduating in 1913. He was a teacher in his birthplace, Bačko Petrovo Selo, for a couple of months. Georgije (Letić), Bishop of Temišvar, appointed him consistorial subnotary of [[Diocese]] of Temišvar on [[June 1]], 1917. He took [[monasticism|monastic]] vows in Bezdin Monastery [[August 18]] ([[August 5]], Old Style) in front of [[Archimandrite]] Isak (Došen) and was given the name Vikentije. He was [[ordination|ordain]]ed a [[deacon]] on [[September 12]] by Bp. Georgije. Vikentije was transferred to the post of consistorial notary of the Diocese of Bačka in 1919. He was raised to ranks of [[protodeacon]] and [[archdeacon]]. From 1921 to 1932 he served as secretary of the executive board of [[monastery|monasteries]] in Karlovci Metropolitanate. He continued his education at the Philosophical Faculty in Belgrade, graduating in 1929, having studied National and Byzantine History. Vikentije was ordained a hieromonk on [[October 18]]/[[October 31|31]], 1929, and raised to the rank of archimandrite on [[November 20]]/[[December 3]]. He was elected Secretary General of the Sentence Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1932. He remained in this position until he was elected [[vicar bishop]] of Marča, [[June 21]]/[[July 4]]. He was consecrated by Patriarch Varnava and Bishops Irinej of Bačka, Serafim of Raška and Prizren, Sava of Srem, and [[Platon of Banja Luka|Platon]] of Moravice.
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Bitomir Prodanov was born into the family George (Ђорђе) and Jelka (Јелка) Prodanov, on [[August 24]], 1890, in the village of Backo Petrovo Selo in then the Austria-Hungary Empire. In 1901, he completed his primary education in Backo Petrovo Selo. Bitomir and then entered the Grand Serbian Orthodox Gymnasium in Novi Sad from which he graduated in 1909. He continued his higher education in the Serbian Orthodox Theology School in Sremski Karlovci, graduating in 1913. He then returned for a several months to Backo Petrovo Selo as a teacher. On [[June 1]], 1917, Bishop Georgije (Letić) of Temišvar appointed him consistorial subnotary for the [[Diocese]] of Temišvar .
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On [[August 18]], 1917, Bitomir took [[monasticism|monastic]] vows in Bezdin Monastery before [[Archimandrite]] Issac (Došen) and was given the name Vicentius. He was [[ordination|ordain]]ed a [[deacon]] on [[September 12]] by Bp. Georgije. In 1919, Dn. Vicentius was transferred to the post of consistorial notary of the Diocese of Bačka. He was raised to the dignity of [[protodeacon]] and then [[archdeacon]]. From 1921 to 1932 he served as secretary of the executive board of [[monastery|monasteries]] in Karlovci Metropolitanate. During this time he continued his education at the Philosophical Faculty in Belgrade studying National and Byzantine History. He graduated in 1929. On [[October 31]], 1929, Dn. Vicentius was ordained a hieromonk and, then on [[December 3]], he was raised to the rank of archimandrite.  
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In 1932, Archim. Vicentius was elected Secretary General of the Sentence [[Synod]] of the Serbian Orthodox Church. He remained in this position for only a short time before he was elected [[vicar]] [[bishop]] of Marča, on [[July 4]], 1932. He was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] by Patriarch Varnava, assisted by Bps. Irinej of Bačka, Serafim of Raška and Prizren, Sava of Srem, and [[Platon of Banja Luka|Platon]] of Moravice.
  
 
== As Bishop ==
 
== As Bishop ==
Bp. Vikentije remained a vicar until 1939 when he was elected Bishop of Zletovo and Strumica. He was also assigned as administrator of the Diocese of Ohrid and Bitola in 1940. He was exiled from Zletovo by Bulgarian fascists. After World War II, the Communist regime did not allow him to return from exile as the Communists wanted to create a Macedonian Orthodox Church separate from the Church of Serbia. He was administrator of Diocese of Žiča from 1947 to 1951 by wish of St. Nikolaj, and of the Diocese of Srem (1947-1951).
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Bp. Vicentius remained a vicar until 1939 when he was elected Bishop of Zletovo and Strumica. In 1940, he was also assigned as administrator of the Diocese of Ohrid and Bitola. After the Germans and Bulgarians occupied the diocese in 1941, he was exiled from Zletovo by Bulgarian fascists. After World War II, the Communist regime did not allow him to return from exile as the Communists wanted to create a Macedonian Orthodox Church separate from the Church of Serbia. From 1947 to 1950, Bp. Vicentius was administrator of Diocese of Žiča, during the absence of St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic|Nikolai]] and the Diocese of Srem.
 
   
 
   
 
== As Patriarch ==
 
== As Patriarch ==
Bp. Vikentije was elected Patriarch of Serbia on [[July 1]]/[[July 14|14]], 1950. He visited several other national churches in order to strenghthen ties which had been weakened during the war. He put enormous energy into trying to resolve the problem of Pension Security funds for [[priest]]s. Patr. Vikentije opposed the foundation of the so called Macedonian Church. He was an eminent historian and a member of the Society of Historians of Vojvodina. He was editor-in-chief of their gazette.
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Bp. Vicentius was elected Patriarch of Serbia on [[July 14]], 1950. He visited several other local churches in order to strengthen ties that had been weakened during the war. He placed enormous energy into trying to resolve the problem of Pension Security funds for [[priest]]s of the patriarchate. Patr. Vicentius was strongly opposed to the splitting of the Serbian church and the creation of a Macedonian Church. He was a historian and a member of the Society of Historians of Vojvodina. He also was editor-in-chief of its gazette.
  
Patr. Vikentije died under mysterious circumstances after a session of the holy assembly of bishops. The assembly rejected suggestions of the communist regime to approve the foundation of the Macedonian church. His death seemed not to be natural. He died on [[July 5]], 1958. He was buried in the tomb of Metr. Mihajlo in the [[Cathedral]] Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Beograd.
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Patr. Vicentius died on [[July 5]], 1958 under mysterious circumstances after a session of the holy assembly of bishops at which the assembly rejected suggestions from the communist regime to approve the establishment of a Macedonian church. He was buried in the tomb of Metr. Mihajlo in the [[Cathedral]] Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Belgrade.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 12:58, February 26, 2012

His Holiness Vicentius (Prodanov), (in Serbian: Викентије (Проданов) - Vikentije (Prodanov)), was Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac and Patriarch of Serbia of the Serbian Orthodox Church from 1950 to 1958.

Early life

Bitomir Prodanov was born into the family George (Ђорђе) and Jelka (Јелка) Prodanov, on August 24, 1890, in the village of Backo Petrovo Selo in then the Austria-Hungary Empire. In 1901, he completed his primary education in Backo Petrovo Selo. Bitomir and then entered the Grand Serbian Orthodox Gymnasium in Novi Sad from which he graduated in 1909. He continued his higher education in the Serbian Orthodox Theology School in Sremski Karlovci, graduating in 1913. He then returned for a several months to Backo Petrovo Selo as a teacher. On June 1, 1917, Bishop Georgije (Letić) of Temišvar appointed him consistorial subnotary for the Diocese of Temišvar .

On August 18, 1917, Bitomir took monastic vows in Bezdin Monastery before Archimandrite Issac (Došen) and was given the name Vicentius. He was ordained a deacon on September 12 by Bp. Georgije. In 1919, Dn. Vicentius was transferred to the post of consistorial notary of the Diocese of Bačka. He was raised to the dignity of protodeacon and then archdeacon. From 1921 to 1932 he served as secretary of the executive board of monasteries in Karlovci Metropolitanate. During this time he continued his education at the Philosophical Faculty in Belgrade studying National and Byzantine History. He graduated in 1929. On October 31, 1929, Dn. Vicentius was ordained a hieromonk and, then on December 3, he was raised to the rank of archimandrite.

In 1932, Archim. Vicentius was elected Secretary General of the Sentence Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church. He remained in this position for only a short time before he was elected vicar bishop of Marča, on July 4, 1932. He was consecrated by Patriarch Varnava, assisted by Bps. Irinej of Bačka, Serafim of Raška and Prizren, Sava of Srem, and Platon of Moravice.

As Bishop

Bp. Vicentius remained a vicar until 1939 when he was elected Bishop of Zletovo and Strumica. In 1940, he was also assigned as administrator of the Diocese of Ohrid and Bitola. After the Germans and Bulgarians occupied the diocese in 1941, he was exiled from Zletovo by Bulgarian fascists. After World War II, the Communist regime did not allow him to return from exile as the Communists wanted to create a Macedonian Orthodox Church separate from the Church of Serbia. From 1947 to 1950, Bp. Vicentius was administrator of Diocese of Žiča, during the absence of St. Nikolai and the Diocese of Srem.

As Patriarch

Bp. Vicentius was elected Patriarch of Serbia on July 14, 1950. He visited several other local churches in order to strengthen ties that had been weakened during the war. He placed enormous energy into trying to resolve the problem of Pension Security funds for priests of the patriarchate. Patr. Vicentius was strongly opposed to the splitting of the Serbian church and the creation of a Macedonian Church. He was a historian and a member of the Society of Historians of Vojvodina. He also was editor-in-chief of its gazette.

Patr. Vicentius died on July 5, 1958 under mysterious circumstances after a session of the holy assembly of bishops at which the assembly rejected suggestions from the communist regime to approve the establishment of a Macedonian church. He was buried in the tomb of Metr. Mihajlo in the Cathedral Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Belgrade.

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Vicentius (Prodanov) of Serbia
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Bishop of Marča - Vicar
1936-1939
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Simeon (Stanković)
Bishop of Zletovo and Strumica
1939-1950
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Gavrilo
Patriarch of Serbia
1950-1958
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